MSP Welcomes Camphill to Parliament

North East Scotland MSP Alison McInnes, welcomed pupils, residents and staff from Camphill communities across Scotland to Parliament to celebrate the work of the movement.

Camphill is a worldwide movement of communities, supporting children, young people, adults and older people who have learning disabilities and other support needs. That support is provided using a holistic model of care, support and education. The movement was originally founded in Aberdeen over 70 years ago.

The North East is home to six of Camphill’s twelve Scottish communities, including the original campus at what is now Camphill School Aberdeen.

Commenting, Alison McInnes said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to invite Camphill to Parliament – it’s a great chance to highlight and celebrate the wonderful work that Camphill do, not only here in Scotland, but around the world.

Alison McInnes and Klae Russell Scottish Parliament
Alison McInnes with Camphill School Aberdeen pupil Klae Russell at the Scottish Parliament

“By hosting a reception and leading a Parliamentary debate on Camphill, I hope that not only can we raise Camphill’s profile, but also allow MSPs to meet some of the people involved in the movement and learn about Camphill communities in their constituencies.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to visit Camphill School Aberdeen and Simeon Care for the Elderly, so I’ve seen for myself the fantastic support that Camphill provide to people of all ages.

“Camphill School’s Eco-Committee is one example of the sort of pupil-led initiative that makes the movement so successful. And every Community across Scotland has the same commitment, helping every individual to achieve their potential and as much independence as they are able.”

Laurence Alfred, co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, commented:

“Camphill House, which gave its name to the international Camphill Movement, remains part of Camphill School Aberdeen. It was here that Camphill opened its doors to children with special needs in June 1940, and so we’re very excited to have the chance to go to Parliament and share our work with MSPs.

“We operate by the principles set by the Camphill pioneers, but our services are as relevant today as they were 70 years ago. In the most recent report by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, Camphill School Aberdeen was recognised as achieving ‘sector-leading’ standards. We are also one of only 14 schools in Scotland and the only one in Aberdeen, to hold Autism Accreditation in recognition of our specialist services.

“What makes Camphill different is our emphasis on mutual support. We recognise that everyone has abilities and individuals are empowered to use these abilities to contribute to the school community and wider community away from the school.

“In keeping with that spirit, the Eco School Green Flag, mentioned in the motion, was achieved largely through a two-year effort by the young people within the school, co-ordinated through the Eco Committee and the pupil’s council.”

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